Posts Categorized: 2012

Speechless: review & giveaway

Speechless: review & giveaway

Speechlessby Hannah Harrington I was not going to read this book. I promise you, I was not. I was so fully aware of my (standing) disappointment with Harrington’s debut Saving June, and was certain I had a firm grasp of her writing style that I had prematurely made up my mind. Well. Sometimes people act like snobs, okay. It’s not a crime. It just makes you highly unlikeable as a human being. Anyway. I requested this on NetGalley and as fate would have it, I got approved. It was there for my taking. And then all these reviews were popping up, giving Speechless four stars, five stars! Scoff, I say! But. But they’re not entirely, completely, like totally wrong, like they’re kind of right because it’s really not that bad omg I’m giving this four stars! I really, really liked Speechless. Harrington’s growth as a writer is monumental. One aspect… Read more »

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Every Day: review & giveaway (plus bonus recipe!)

Every Day: review & giveaway (plus bonus recipe!)

Every Day by David Levithan What makes us fall in love–and what makes us who we are? Those are the questions at the heart of this novel, which tells a thoughtful, touching story that will surprise readers with its sentient literary style and gentle feeling. Everyone longs for human connection, but 16-year-old A.’s search for it seems to be a losing proposition. Every day, for as long as he can remember, he wakes up in a different body: sometimes as a girl, sometimes with a different ethnicity, sometimes with a different sexual orientation. He’s long recognized the futility of trying to create lasting relationships, but everything changes when he meets Rhiannon, a girl who makes him want things he’s never thought possible. This story reminds me of one of my favorite TNG episodes with a similar concept, and A. also follows a sort of prime directive in his self-imposed policy… Read more »

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Into the Beautiful World of Monstrous Beauty: A Photographic Tour & Giveaway

Into the Beautiful World of Monstrous Beauty: A Photographic Tour & Giveaway

Most of our readers know that we’re huge fans of Elizabeth Fama’s Monstrous Beauty. Our reviews (which may be found here and here) could hardly contain our excitement over this gothic mermaid story that involves murder, ghosts, and tragic romance! As the book is released in stores today, we’re very pleased to kick off the official blog tour. Since the story is based in a small seaside town whose setting is very important, we asked the author to share her photographs with us from a special trip she took to New England to research her story. There’s also a giveaway for a beautiful finished hardcover copy at the bottom of the post, so be sure to enter if you’re in the U.S. or Canada! We invite you to delve deeper into Syrenka’s and Hester’s world. ~ Wendy Elizabeth Fama Guest Post I’m so excited that my first blog stop is… Read more »

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Seraphina: review

Seraphina: review

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman “He released the last chord like a boulder off a trebuchet.” It always feels this way when ending a book. There’s a weight to the final words, then you let them go and they’re gone. I don’t think I’ve read a young adult book quite like Seraphina before. Rachel Hartman has built for us a world so rich and unique that it is almost dizzying to walk into. Her world is swathed in dark colours depicting a tale of menacing dragons who advocate peace, a stiff but admirably stalwart royal family of Queens and princesses, mothers persecuted, abandoned children, a gang of grotesques, a population of almost-dragons living like scum on the outskirts of humanity, exiled knights, music, love, war, betrayal, identity, lies and truths, a people divided between acceptance and hostility towards the winged-beasts, and finally, those caught in between. The story sweeps you off… Read more »

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Sangu Mandanna Talks About Frankenstein…and Love

Sangu Mandanna Talks About Frankenstein…and Love

As a reader, every once in awhile you come across a book that strikes a chord deep inside you. I was intrigued by the idea behind The Lost Girl, in which a young female clone must move to India to lead a whole new life, but I never expected to be as moved by the book as I was.  The lovely author Sangu Mandanna stops by The Midnight Garden today to share how an unlikely classic–and her own loss–helped inspire a brilliant young adult novel that is already garnering rave reviews. ~ Wendy Sangu Mandanna Guest Post I wrote a book about death. But, you know, I think it’s really about love. It’s about the kinds of things people will do to keep hold of the ones they love. Sometimes that means sacrificing everything to be with someone you’re not supposed to be with. And sometimes that means signing up… Read more »

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The Lost Girl: review

The Lost Girl: review

The Lost Girlby Sangu Mandanna “Can we be certain of anyone’s soul, human or otherwise?” Fiction is often most meaningful when it explores questions we find too disturbing to ask in the everyday world. Through one girl’s struggle to claim her own identity, The Lost Girl addresses some fascinating ethical questions, all the while presenting a measured, powerful essay on the value of human life. Fifteen-year-old Eva lives, sleeps, and breathes someone else’s existence. As an echo, a carbon copy of a girl halfway across the world, she learns everything that Amarra learns and is even nearly forced to suffer the same physical injuries as her other. There have been various books that explore cloning, but what’s so unusual about this one is the psychological element, since it’s not just Eva’s organs that are being harvested, it’s her entire entity and identity. One of the things I liked best about… Read more »

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Crown of Embers ARC prize pack!

Crown of Embers ARC prize pack!

If you’re a fan of romantic fantasy and adventure, you’ve probably already seen all the rave reviews for Rae Carson’s Girl of Fire and Thorns. We’re excited to offer you the chance to win a hardback of the first book as well as an ARC of the highly anticipated sequel Crown of Embers! The sequel won’t even be out until September 18, 2012, but here’s your opportunity to get your hands on a copy before it’s available for sale. Crown of Embers Synopsis: In the sequel to the acclaimed The Girl of Fire and Thorns, a seventeen-year-old princess turned war queen faces sorcery, adventure, untold power, and romance as she fulfills her epic destiny. With a one-eyed warrior, a loyal friend, an enemy defector, and the man she is falling in love with, Elisa crosses the ocean in search of the perilous, uncharted, and mythical source of the Godstone’s power. That… Read more »

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